Just a week ago, the Icelandic film ‘Virgin Mountain’ won the audience award at CPH:PIX, and now it has taken home a ton of the top prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival in New Work.
The film won the prize for the world narrative competition and best screenplay. In addition to those amazing prizes, the films star, Gunnar Jónsson, was named best actor!
Virgin Mountain is called Fúsi in Icelandic, after its titular character, and tells the story of an overweight, socially isolated, 43-year-old virgin who works as a baggage-handler and events that transpire after he joins a line-dancing class at the urging of his mother. Here is a synopsis from its distributor’s website:
“Fúsi is in his forties and yet to find courage to enter the adult world.
He sleepwalks through everyday life, where routine is key.
When a bubbly woman and an 8-year old girl unexpectedly enter his life, he is forced to take a leap.”
Congrats to all!